(159:3.10) You shall not portray your teacher as a man of sorrows. Future generations shall know also the radiance of our joy, the buoyance of our good will, and the inspiration of our good humor.
(48:4.17) The higher the mortal species, the greater the stress and the greater the capacity for humor as well as the necessity for it. In the spirit world the opposite is true: The higher we ascend, the less the need for the diversions of reversion experiences. But proceeding down the scale of spirit life from Paradise to the seraphic hosts, there is an increasing need for the mission of mirth and the ministry of merriment. Those beings who most need the refreshment of periodic reversion to the intellectual status of previous experiences are the higher types of the human species, the morontians, angels, and the Material Sons, together with all similar types of personality.
Norman Cousins (June 24, 1915 – November 30, 1990) was an American political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate.
Norman Cousins was one of the initiators of public television in the United States. In his lifetime, he carried out ambassadorial missions abroad as a private envoy for Presidents Kennedy, Eisenhower and Johnson. In his long and illustrious life, he also served as the former chairman of the Pulitzer Prize jury for ‘Literature’. He is the recipient of numerous awards - the United Nations Peace Medal and the City of Hiroshima Award to name a few. Some of his major works include, ‘The Good Inheritance: The Democratic Chance’, ‘Anatomy of an Illness’, ‘The Celebration of Life’, ‘The Improbably Triumvirate’, ‘In Place of Frolly’, ‘Talks with Nehru’ and ‘Human Options’. Apart from being an author, he was also a political journalist, professor and an advocate of world peace. Apart from his world peace efforts, he holds numerous honorary degrees in the fields of literature, science and law from diverse institutions.
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